And below the Trump administration, she stated, getting such a license might be a battle.
When sanctions on the nuclear program have been lifted in 2016, the United States granted Boeing and Airbus licenses to promote plane to Iran. Those licenses have been canceled when the sanctions have been restored.
Airbus delivered three planes, however for now has misplaced out on most of a $19 billion order from Iran Air, the nationwide service. Boeing agreed to promote 80 passenger jets to Iran Air however by no means started constructing them.
A small European producer of regional jets, ATR, part-owned by Airbus, additionally delivered 13 planes and was lobbying the United States to be allowed to promote extra.
Iran would welcome any firm in a position to present its flag service with the brand new planes it wants. “We even have gone after planes such as Sukhoi 100 or planes made by non-European countries,” the chief govt of Iran Air, Farzaneh Sharafbafi, was quoted as saying final 12 months on Iran’s Roads Ministry web site, in keeping with Reuters.
Sukhoi has stated that it “continues to reduce the number of foreign components” it requires for its Superjet 100, a narrow-body regional plane, and that’s engaged on a brand new model. It stated it had utilized for a license to export the present model, constructed with greater than 10 % of elements from the United States, however has not obtained a response.
Experts agreed that Norwegian Air’s misfortune was a uncommon instance of the severity of the sanctions.
Many Western airways routinely fly over Iran, thought of a protected airspace in the area, however few worldwide corporations function out of its airports. British Airways, Air France and KLM restarted flights after the 2015 deal, however suspended their routes to Tehran final 12 months. British Airways stated the route was not commercially viable.
“It’s an example of how this sort of sanctions is a dampener on safe international aviation,” stated Andrew Charlton, managing director of the consulting agency Aviation Advocacy.
Mr. Charlton stated flying in Iran labored like driving in Cuba. “Their options are to repair every part they have, to come up with their own parts,” he stated. “They’ve had to become self-reliant.”